Building Your Dream Home In Hawaii Is A Breeze At Mauna Kea Resort

Mauna Kea Realty (A Hawai’i Life Company) has been providing professional real estate services in the luxury residential market along the Big Island’s internationally acclaimed Kohala Coast for more than 30 years. Our team prides itself on the strong long-term relationships we have built over the year with premier architects and contractors who make building home’s in paradise a breeze.

With a stellar network of resources who will exceed your expectations and complement your unique lifestyle, we assist every step of the way, beginning with matching you to the design and build team that best aligns with your vision. And, when construction is completed, Mauna Kea’s on-site residential services professionals are available for all your property management, maintenance, and vacation rental needs.

We work with well respected, veteran creative teams as well as rising stars in the world of design. A few of those firms are highlighted below, along with two available showcase homesites situated within Mauna Kea Resort – the undisputed crown jewel of the Kohala Coast.

Erik Tremain, Tremain Design

Erik’s precise, clean design reflects his architectural design philosophy: A pure conceptual approach that is then carefully edited through innovative thinking, critical thinking, and collaboration. He says, “It is my goal to influence the world of architecture through technology and a constant feedback loop between form, function, and person. By effectively engaging technological developments, both in the virtual and in the actual, the possibilities of coordination, design, and material technologies can have limitless potential.”

His Shell Pavilion home at Hualalai Resort on the Kona-Kohala Coast was featured in the December 2016 issue of Architect Magazine and the February 2017 issue of At Home magazine. He most recently completed a conceptual design for the “Village House” at Mauna Kea Resort in August 2019.; 808.640.1458.

Paul Bleck, Paul Bleck Limited Architect

With more than 30 years of professional experience in both Hawaii and California, Paul has achieved recognition for his incredible creative design solutions, even on the most challenging estate sites. His architectural expertise, built on skills, knowledge, and experience, lies in creative problem solving, management of complex processes, and liaising among consulting professionals and government officials. He has served as principal of Paul Bleck Limited for more than 20 years with projects completed on Hawaii Island, Maui, and Kauai and in many of Southern California’s coastal communities.

Paul also serves as the Consulting Architect for the Architectural Board of the Mauna Lani Resort Association and is a Consulting Architect for several Design Review Committees in Western Hawaii.; 808.326.1598

Mark de Reus, de Reus Architects

Mark is the founding design partner of de Reus Architects. Renowned for his award-winning resorts and residences, Architectural Digest recognized Mark as one of the world’s top architects and designers in their AD 100 list. In addition, throughout his stellar 35-year career, Mark has received numerous design awards, has been featured in international design publications, and on the TV show “Amazing Waterfront Homes.”

Clients describe Mark as “very responsive, passionate, hands-on, collaborative, creative, respectful and professional.” He says, “I believe that good design is respectful of tradition while being evolutionary and adaptive.”

Mark is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, and Hawaii Leeward Planning Commission.; 808.885.6222

Showcase Homesite Opportunities, Mauna Kea Resort

62-3749 Kauna‘oa Nui Road $4,900,000 2.326 acres

Consolidated estate Lots #7 and #8 (now Lot #7) are situated in the highly sought gated community of Kauna ‘oa at Mauna Kea Resort. With more than 100,000 square feet of land and more than 55,000 square feet of building area, the property boasts panoramic ocean and sunset views. It is also the closest homesite to renowned Kauna ‘oa Bay beach at Mauna Kea – an easy walk of about 700 feet. With easy access to all resort amenities, it is also blissfully private, set within this neighborhood of just 26 custom home sites. Conceptual, yet-to-be-approved design plans have been created by the renowned Big Island firm, de Reus Architects. (Click here) to view the property details and (here) to view the conceptual floor plan design.

15 Lanikeha Place (Fairways North #15) $2,395,000 0.9 acres

This custom homesite is located within Fairways North at the iconic Mauna Kea Resort. Lot #15 overlooks the 5th and 6th fairways of the acclaimed Mauna Kea Golf Course and enjoys expansive and unobstructed ocean views. At nearly one acre in size, the property is one of just five undeveloped lots located behind the gated main entrance to the resort. It is the only available lot for sale among the 65 single-family home sites within Mauna Kea “proper.” The 32 properties within the Fairways North community are situated to enhance mountain and ocean views from the gently sloping topography, while also providing privacy with carefully designed view planes from each half-acre plus lot. Naturally divided into two tiers, the upper portion of the lot is planted in coconut, mango, grapefruit, lime, papaya, pineapple and breadfruit, while the building site is located below. (Click here) to view the property details.

More Information

For information on real estate opportunities at Mauna Kea Resort or additional Hawaii Island real estate offerings, please contact Jake Chancer, (R), (808) 937-6958 or

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Les Melburg

January 9, 2020

What is the current range of construction costs for building a custom home in the Mauna Kea area? On a square foot basis, I mean. Assume a house of about 4,000 SF.

How much does an average swimming pool cost to build (say 15 x 30 size, with a max depth of about 5 feet)?

Thanks for your assistance!

Jake Chancer

January 9, 2020

> Hi Les,

I just sent you an email.


Katina Thornton

January 9, 2020

I have the same question as Les above, but at 3,000 feet of elevation near Waimea.

Jake Chancer

January 9, 2020

> Hi Katina,

I just emailed you.



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